Treasury Inflation Protected Security Definition Monday, October 15, 10:38 AM ET
Treasury Inflation Protected Securities, or TIPS, are low risk investments backed by the U.S. government whose par value rises with inflation using the consumer price index as a benchmark, while keeping a fixed interest rate. Interest is paid semiannually, and private individuals can purchase the securities dirctly from the goverment using the TreasuryDirect web site in 5, 10, and 20 year maturities with a minimum investment of $100.
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